This is the quokka - the world's happiest animal!
About the size of a cat, quokkas are marsupials found only in Western Australia, almost exclusively on beautiful Rottnest Island, just off the coast from Perth.
The island later played a military role during both World War I and World War II. Primarily an interment and prisoner of war camp during WWI, this changed in WWII as the island became a critical part of the defense strategy should hostile ships attempt to bomb the port of Fremantle. The military gave back the land to the Western Australia government years ago, and now history buffs can take a walk back in time exploring the military remnants, including buildings, a maze of tunnels and a 9.2 inch gun.
Quokkas are a top reason to visit Rottnest, but the island offers so much more.
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